Sustainability

Education for Sustainable DevelopmentĀ 

Sustainability themed modules

Curriculum audit

The University offers a wide range of taught modules with environmental content and undertakes an annual curriculum audit to review and report on the progress of integration of education for sustainable development into the curriculum.

The last audit took place during autumn 2016. The Audit of Sustainability in the Curriculum is received and reviewed at a strategic level by the Sustainability Steering Group and the Academic Board.

Taught modules with environmental content:

School of Biological Sciences

BS111 Plant Biology and Ecosystems
BS112 Marine Ecology 
BS113 Animal Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour 
BS114 Marine Biology Field Skills 
BS215 Environmental Biology and Eco-physiology Field Course 
BS241 Ecology: Populations and Communities 
BS243 Biodiversity and Conservation 
BS251 Marine Biodiversity 
BS255 Coral Reef Biology 
BS256 Tropical Marine Field Research Skills 
BS303 Estuarine and Coastal Ecology Field Module 
BS307 Oceanography and Marine Conservation 
BS344 Pollution: Impacts and Management 
BS346 Conservation Management and Practice 
BS352 Freshwater Ecology 
BS354 Fisheries Ecology 
BS832 Research Project in Ecological and Marine Sciences 
BS705 Tropical Marine Resources 
BS706 Tropical Marine Systems 
BS707 Methods in Tropical Marine Biology 
BS708 Professional Skills in Tropical Marine Biology

Essex Business School

BE422 Business and International Development (some sessions) 
BE439 Business Ethics (some sessions) 
BE467 Managing for Ethics and Sustainability 
BE876 Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Impact (some relevance

School of Law

LW219 Selected Issues in Public International Law (some sessions)

Department of Economics

EC383 Environmental Economics (also available to PGT) 

Department of Government

GV591 Environmental Politics (also available to PGT)
GV253 Analysing Policy Disclosure 

Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

LT904 The New Nature Writing 
LT978 Literature and the Environmental Imagination: 19th to 20th Century Poetry and Prose

Department of Mathematical Sciences

MA333 Mathematical Biology 

Department of Sociology

SC361 American Society: Ethnic Encounters in the making of the US
SC507 Consumption, Political Economy and Sustainability 

Summer School in Sustainable Practice 

The Summer School in Sustainable Practice is an annual 2-week intensive course, aimed at providing students with a broad introduction to key concepts and ideas in the theory and practice of sustainability.

Upon completion, students receive the Certificate in Sustainable Practice, which will appear on their Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

The course is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students free of charge.

If you are a first or second year student, completing the Summer School will count as 50 points towards the Big Essex Award, which you can collect retrospectively in September.

Key concepts addressed in this course:

  • Climate change 
  • Circular economy 
  • Nature, health and well-being
  • Conserving biodiversity 
  • Resilience
  • Permaculture design
  • Organic and local food
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable transport 
  • Materials awareness
  • Overcoming ecological estrangement 
  • Waste
  • Emissions reduction
  • Ecosystem services

 

Sustainability Team
Sustainability Team